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McDermott Engineer Reviews

Updated April 1, 2017
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  • Upper management interference from afar (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior management are literally all Scottish (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Associate Structural Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Structural Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McDermott full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, friendly people

    Cons

    always playing "catch-up" with the tier one companies such as Technip and Subsea7

    Advice to Management

    Add a budget for team building exercises


  2. "Great stepping stone into the EPC and O&G world, but not great for career advancement."

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McDermott full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are plenty of people with 30+ years of experience that have a wealth of knowledge about the industry. If you are lucky you might snag someone like that as a mentor that can really broaden your horizons and kick start your career. It is difficult, especially because these same people are the ones that are always busy and tied up with complex projects.

    Cons

    There isn't much room for advancement in your career. The pay is increased accordingly for the cost of inflation, but you rarely see an opportunity to "jump" into a new position. In reality this doesn't happen at most companies, but be aware that the progression is slow and really only available when someone leaves for another job or retires.

    Advice to Management

    In the difficult times be sure to recognize the loyal employees who stick with McDermott. I have seen the hard times come and go at McDermott and the ones that stick through it rarely see any incentive to have done so.

  3. "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at McDermott full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big company. Good projects to work on.Used to have good and reasonable management before.

    Cons

    Certain engineering team emphasizes politics, you must attach to the small circle. It becomes more incompetent compared to the peer competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Certain group should learn how to be fair to your employees, learn to get integrity, which are good for company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not the old MDR"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You work alongside great people. Make sure to be a sponge around the original MDR crew. They know their stuff.

    Cons

    Budget cut after budget cut. No job security


  5. "Platform Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Structure Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Structure Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Office Air Conditioning and parking lot

    Cons

    Crab basket. Management couldn't care less about employees.

    Advice to Management

    Time to retire


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be a great company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McDermott full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Past projects
    A very few supervisors with great technical knowledge

    Cons

    A lot. First, a short sighted decision to layoff conventional engineering.
    Laid off people who were working for 30 years and more, who are supposed to be the face of the company.
    Once used to be innovative, but not now. Atleast, not in Houston.

    Advice to Management

    The best way to get better quarterky results is to do innvoative, challenging and profitable projects. Not closing offices. At this rate only upper management will stay.


  7. Helpful (2)

    ""Has-been" company, management has already run company into ground, a matter of time before they close their doors."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers, lower management/ non management people level mostly helpful. People there for 25+ years (mostly all laid off now) were a HUGE resource.

    Cons

    No work. Barely any at all in Houston office. Lots of people on overhead. Subsea jobs abysmal, vessels are non competitive when compared to others in industry.

    They have laid off most of their experienced engineers. Lay off your senior management/HR managment first, not these guys that have been loyal to you 25-30 years. LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES, especially the loyal ones

    Current employees should get out before its too late....

    Advice to Management

    For once, think before you make a decision.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Lower-level employees were great, upper management not so much (Post-Deason)"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    McDermott was a pretty nice place to work back when Deason was the CEO. Most people were friendly and pay was competitive. Benefits were pretty good. All that has changed now, and it is not just because of the recession.

    Cons

    After Deason left upper level management (Executives, VPs, HR managers) viewed engineers as simply warm bodies that could be hired and let go at any time with no consequences to productivity. It actually felt like they even had feelings of contempt for them. They had no clue how engineering worked or how to be profitable. They would make radical changes simply to copy what others in the industry were doing with no thought as to why. They seemed to get caught in a cycle of "we cannot get good jobs because we don't have enough decent people. We don't have money for our staff because we don't have good jobs and therefore we will lay off a bunch of people. Repeat."

    Advice to Management

    Good luck to the new CEO - he'll need it. He really just needs to clean house and get rid of the current upper management/VPs/HR managers that came in with Johnson. Their policies and attitudes are toxic to the company and productivity.


  9. "Fulfilling, but short. They closed down before I could reap the full benefits."

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Amelia, LA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Amelia, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Tight, family-oriented atmosphere with lots of room to grow!

    Cons

    Fast pace and lots of meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where you came from.....dint forget about the people that helped you get where you are today.


  10. "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McDermott full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours, they don't care about workers. You can be called any time of day/night.